STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Fake. Hop. Dive. Touchdown! Braxton Miller does stuff you can't teach. As a result, Ohio State remains unbeaten.
A week after getting knocked out of a game, the quarterback ran for 134 yards Saturday and accounted for three scores as No. 9 Ohio State beat Penn State 35-23 in a matchup of bowl-banned teams.
Miller missed the fourth quarter against Purdue last week after a hard tackle gave him whiplash. The sophomore reached 100 yards rushing Saturday for the sixth time this season, carrying 25 times and going 7-for-19 for 143 yards passing.
"I was so excited (that) I missed a lot of throws," he said.
Miller added to his highlight reel with 3:30 left in the third. He pulled the ball back just as teammate Carlos Hyde was engulfed by Penn State defensive end Sean Stanley. Miller then took a step forward, jumped back to elude a defender and dived past another into the end zone.
"My instincts just took over," he said.
Officially, the play covered a yard, and it put the Buckeyes up 21-10.
"We work on that," coach Urban Meyer said with a grin. "We have a drill. Make seven people miss and dive across. All I heard in my headset was, 'Oh my God!'"
After starting 0-2, Penn State had won five in a row. It felt like a big game in Happy Valley, something many thought wouldn't happen this year after Penn State was hit with NCAA sanctions for the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. But the Nittany Lions weren't quite ready.
"Offensively, we could have done some better things," coach Bill O'Brien said. "I could have adjusted better. I could have had a better game plan."
Arizona upsets potent USC
TUCSON, Ariz. — Quarterback Matt Scott accounted for 469 yards and four touchdowns as Arizona upset No. 10 USC 39-36. "I've said this before: Matt Scott's a stud," Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez said. "He's phenomenal. He's a competitor."
Sophomore Marquis Lee caught 16 passes for a Pac-12 record 345 yards and two scores for the Trojans. (Kick returns gave him 469 all-purpose yards.) Senior Matt Barkley was 31-of-48 for 493 yards and three touchdowns. And USC finished with 618 yards. But it couldn't overcome five turnovers — two on interceptions by Barkley — and 13 penalties for 117 yards as its national title hopes likely ended.
"It was a very discouraging loss," coach Lane Kiffin said. "I thought our players had a great effort. We made a lot of mistakes and weren't able to catch up."
No. 2 Oregon 70, Colorado 14: Kenjon Barner rushed for 104 yards and two scores as the host Ducks didn't overlook the Buffaloes before this coming Saturday's showdown with USC. "(USC is) a big game, but we treat every game the same," said Marcus Mariota, who threw two TDs in relief. Oregon pulled most of its offensive starters midway through the second quarter. It led 56-0 lead by halftime, and the 70 points were their most in a conference game. "I've been saying it all week," Colorado coach Jon Embree said. "(The Ducks) have a great opportunity to hold that crystal ball at the end of the year."
No. 4 Kansas St. 55, No. 15 Texas Tech 24: Collin Klein passed for 233 yards and two scores and ran for 83 and two scores as the host Wildcats improved to 8-0 for the first time since 1999. Most of his offense came in the second half as Kansas State forced two turnovers and blew open a 13-10 game. "We got some pretty short fields, which helps a lot," said, Klein, a senior who is 19-4 as a starter. "It was just a great team effort, hanging in there when things weren't going well early in the game." Seth Doege threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns for the Red Raiders. "When it came down to making plays to finish," he said, "we just didn't make them."
No. 19 Stanford 24, Wash. St. 17: Ed Reynolds' fourth interception (second returned for a score) this season sealed it for the host Cardinal. The safety went 25 yards to make it 24-10 4:17 into the fourth. The Cardinal allowed minus-16 yards rushing. "We're not built to go run up the score," said end Ben Gardner, who had 1½ sacks and 2½ of Stanford's 15 tackles-for-loss. "So we have to show up every week and bring our A game."
Nebraska 23, No. 20 Michigan 9: Ameer Abdullah ran for 101 yards and a touchdown for the host Cornhuskers. Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson left the game late in the first half when he aggravated a nerve injury in his right elbow. He entered accounting for two-thirds of Michigan's offense. His replacement, freshman, Russell Bellomy, missed on his first 10 passes and threw three interceptions while Michigan had just 52 yards in the half.
No. 21 Boise St. 45, Wyoming 14: D.J. Harper rushed for 105 yards and two scores for the visiting Broncos, who have won seven straight since losing their opener. Harper scored on runs of 12 and 3 yards. And Joe Southwick was 20-of-28 for 198 yards while managing an offense that converted 12 of 14 third downs. "We were very balanced," Southwick said. "We're just continuing to build from top to bottom."
Miami (Ohio) 23, No. 23 Ohio 20: The host RedHawks sacked Tyler Tettleton on the final play to pull the upset. Kaleb Patterson's 31-yard field goal with 1:24 left gave Miami the lead. The Bobcats got to the RedHawks 7. With nine seconds left and no timeouts, Ohio eschewed the tying field goal to run a play. But Wes Williams got to Tettleton, who said he didn't realize he had no timeouts: "I just totally forgot."
Around the nation
Indiana 31, Illinois 17: The visiting Hoosiers recorded seven sacks in ending an 11-game Big Ten skid. The Illini have lost 11 consecutive Big Ten games.
N'western 28, Iowa 17: Kain Colter ran for three touchdowns and threw for one for the host Wildcats.
Michigan St. 16, Wisconsin 13 OT: Andrew Maxwell's 12-yard touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler won it for the Spartans, who snapped the Badgers' 21-game home win streak dating to Oct. 17, 2009.
Minnesota 44, Purdue 28: Freshman Philip Nelson threw three first-half touchdowns for the host Gophers.
Texas 21, Kansas 17: Case McCoy hit D.J. Grant for a 1-yard touchdown with 12 seconds left to lift the visiting Longhorns. The Jayhawks have lost 17 consecutive Big 12 games.